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in bringing, if but one of you, into the right way. They know one soul is of more worth than a whole world. You are shown, in the success that has attended their labours with this little boy, what they would do for you.
Watch, therefore, against the temptation of Satan, of a wicked world, and of a deceitful heart, which would discourage you, and tell you that you are but a child, and cannot yet seek God : know and trust in Christ; and be truly religious. This account proves how well a young
child may, by divine grace, enter God's ways, and prepare to meet Him. This child was born with the same corrupt nature as yourselves; yet, by the help of his God, he turned out of the course of this world, and took the same path as Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and others of the saints of God. Like the child Samuel, he early knew and served the Lord in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom he shone aş a light in the world. He owned his God, and his God owned him, and blessed him in life and in death.
It should also afford great encouragement to you, Dear Children, that God has set his mark of approbation on this our endeavour in setting up a school for you. He has said, 'they that seek me early shall find me: Prov. viii. 17, and he has fulfilled this promise before our eyes in this little boy. We see Jesus still taking young children into the arms of his love and blessing them. Take encouragement from this, and call upon him with Jabez, 1 Chron. iv. 9, 10, "Oh, thou that wouldest bless me indeed, that thine hand may be with ME, that thou wouldest keep ME' from evil, as thou didst my late schvolfellow, that, with him I may finally inherit thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen."
EARLY PIETY RECOMMENDED
ADDRESSED TO THE SCHOOLS FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION, AT ST.
JOHN'S CHAPEL, BEDFORD ROW, MAY 1, 1802.
Those that seek me early shall find me.... Prov. vill. 17.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil
days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.-Ecclesiastes, xii. 1.
My dear children, this discourse is particularly ad. dressed to you.—Our 'heart's desire and prayer to God for you is, that you may be saved. We cannot but recollect the errors and snares of our own childhood : we admire and adore the Hand of God, by which alone we escaped : we bless him for timely help afforded us by our friends : and, in turn, we would now assist you. Oh! that your prayers and endeavours may join ours, and that the divine blessing may rest upon us both, while we call you to remember your Creator in the days of your youth !
The Wise Man concludes a variety of instruction with an Admonition to youth; and, in order to your more clearly perceiving the meaning and importance of it, I proceed to state,
I. How, you are called to remember your CREATOR.
II. Wher, you should specially remember Him: 'In the days of THY YOUTH.'
III. Wuy, such remembrance should not be deferred:
because evil days come, and years draw nigh, in which thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them.'
I. Consider HOW, you should remember your CRE
Begin by remembering WHO HE IS.
I assure you, we, your Ministers, must come to the Bible as our only guide, to know any thing of this grand truth: and there we find our Creator to be that same and only God, into whose name ye were baptized ; namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; three persons, but one GOD. Any other notion of God is but a creature of the imagination ; and to worship such a creature, is to worship an Idol. Then, you should remember your
Creator as to WHAT HE HAS DONE.
For all we, like sheep, have gone astray. You have heard of wicked persons, who, by toys and promises, entice silly Children from their parents' door; and, after carrying them to a distant spot in some wood or cellar, there strip them, and sometimes murder them. It is thus that Sin and Satan deceive and ruin us; and thus, robbed of every good, we must have perished in our lost state and condition, if 'God' had not so loved the world as to give his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This, Dear Children, is your only hope, as well as mine. We can now come to God the FATHER, through the complete atonement of God the Son, and by the assistance of God the Holy Ghost. And consider, after what God has thus DONE, "how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation ?'
Again : you should remember your Creator as to
WHAT IF IS DOING.
He is not only your Creator and Governor, but also your Friend. He is raising up ministers to instruct
you. He is sending you invitations and messages of grace. He is sending a word to you by his minister at this time. He not only affords you the common help and care of your Parents, but disposes kind friends in this place to instruct you in his ways and ordinances, and thus to lead you to Himself. Remember, therefore, your Creator, in these his means of Grace. Remember him by prayer, reading his word, and constantly attending his house. "Thou meetest those,' saith the Prophet, 'that remember thee in thy ways. Particularly watch against sabbath-breaking, the neglect of God's house, or inattention to its services while you are in it: for this is not only to forget Him, who is present, and who bath said, 'In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and will bless thee;' but it is a despising of both the means of Grace and the hope of Glory.
Remember also your Creator as to what HE HAS PROMISED TO DO.
For the Lord is a Sun and Shield: He will give Grace and Glory, and no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Ho! every one that thirsteth,' saith He, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money. “Come, poor and unworthy as you are," as if God should say, " and I will give you my best blessings :--blessings, which will cheer like Wine, and nourish like Milk. As the King of Heaven, I will give beyond all you can ask, or even think; and among these blessings I will give a new. heart and a right spirit to employ and enjoy them.” But remember, my Dear Children, that you must pray for these blessings: because they are freely promised to such as ask; but not to such as prove they despise them, by asking them not.
Lastly, remember your Creator as to what HE HATII DETERMINED TO DO.
He will be your Judge. There is not one of us but must stand before his bar; and who then will not feel the importance of remembering his Creator while life was granted ? For the youngest Child that reads his Bible, and learns to call things by the names that God calls them, and treats them as he treats them, such a child, I say, is already become truly wise, and shall be everlastingly happy. On the contrary, if a man be never so noble, or learned, or rich, yet if he does not regard what God has promised, and what he has threatened, he is but a fool in God's sight now, and must soon be so in his own sight for ever.
There was a man once, who, because he was rich, clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day, cared for none of these things which I have been speaking of. He did not remember bis Creator : but he, that said, 'the wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all that FORGET God, soon sent him thither; and, when he lifted up his eyes in hell, being in torments,' and there complained of his misery, it was said to him, "Son, REMEMBER."
Such a state is enough to make one tremble; and loudly speaks the importance of the text. Indeed all the wisdom of this world cannot furnish you with so perfect a maxim as that in your Bible ;-'trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to thine own understanding : in all thy ways acknowledge him'“ Acknowledge," as one expresses it, “his Word, by consulting it: his Providence, by observing it; his Wisdom, by admiring it; his Sovereignty, by acquiescing in it; his Faithfulness, by relying on it: and his Kindness, by being thankful for it :" (and he shall direct thy paths.